For any undergraduate and aspiring scientist, getting the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real STEM working environment with hands-on research tasks is key. It is through these exclusive immersive experiences that future scientists and physicians in the scientific community get to learn more about the realities and exciting possibilities of their chosen career path, and spark passion within themselves. The College of Science at UT Arlington has given its freshmen science majors just that.
The ASSURE committee selects its participants based on their academic performance and ethnic diversity. Aside from enriching the students’ first year, the program also aims to promote the diversification of graduate STEM specialists in order to increase the likelihood of future researches focusing more on minority populations.
One of the privileges of qualifying for the ASSURE program is gaining exclusive access to the latest research instruments in UT Arlington’s $25.2 million-worth Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.
Student research programs like ASSURE are growing in popularity all over the country. Today, there are only a handful of university programs that were formed with UT Austin’s largely successful Freshman Research Initiative in mind. Surveys show that among the students who participated in these research programs, roughly 70% were still working and excelling in research even 3 years later.